MEM23207 - Possible prehistoric clearance cairn on Lanacombe (Monument)

Summary

A possible prehistoric clearance cairn was noted during field investigation in 2013. The feature was seen as a low mound marked by a well defined vegetation change. Probing suggests the feature’s makeup is not especially stony.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

As part of the Exmoor Mires Project, Cornwall Council Historic Environment Service were contracted to undertake a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Lanacombe, which included this site. Visible was a clearance cairn, seen as a low mound 2 metres in diameter and up to 0.15 metres high. No stone is visible but was detected by probing. [1] The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project undertook a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Lanacombe, which included this site. Noted was a low mound 2 metres in diameter and up to 0.15 metres high. It is marked by a well defined vegetation change. Probing suggests the feature’s makeup is not especially stony. The feature may be a prehistoric clearance cairn, but may also have a natural origin. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Kirkham, G.. 2013. Lanacombe, Great Buscombe, and Trout Hill, Exmoor: Archaeological Survey. 21, 58.
  • <2> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2015. Lanacombe, Exmoor: Archaeological walkover survey.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7859 4255 (3m by 2m)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Events/Activities (2)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument) (Lanacombe): ELN13(39)

Record last edited

Dec 22 2014 1:49PM

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